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University of Maryland Ranked Amongst the Best Public Colleges in the Nation by The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report for 2020

September 9, 2019
Contacts: 

Hafsa Siddiqi, 301-405-4671

Students walk near the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center (ESJ)

COLLEGE PARK, MD -- The University of Maryland kicks off the 2020 academic year by once more ranking among the best public colleges in the nation, according to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report. The university ranked #17 on WSJ/THE and #24 on U.S. News & World Report. The newly released annual lists recognize the college’s dedication for placing student success and learning, both in the classroom and beyond, at the forefront. 

The university’s rankings highlight performance indicators designed to answer the questions that matter to both students and their families when deciding on a college. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020 list used a methodology exploring four key areas including available teaching resources to students and faculty, effective engagement between the campus and its students, college graduation rates and degree value in the workforce, and providing a conducive learning environment for all. 

Multiple factors determined the results of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Ranking, including “Graduation and Retention,” one of the more heavily weighted factors out of the eight variables analyzed. According to U.S. News, only thoroughly vetted academic data from their surveys and third-party experts were used to calculate each variable. The ranking additionally listed the university in the top 40 as a Best College for Veterans and was recognized for its Ethnic Diversity and its Learning Communities. 

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking used similar analytics along with comprehensive data analyzed via experts. These measures included: THE US Student Survey, US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System by the National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS), College Scoreboard, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), THE Academic Survey, and Elsevier bibliometric dataset.

More information about each ranking and the methodology used is available. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020 list can be found here, while U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020 ranking is available here

Lockheed Martin Awards $3M to UMD's Clark School of Engineering

September 4, 2019
Contacts: 

Melissa Andreychek, 301-405-0292

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A three-year, $3 million gift to the A. James Clark School of Engineering from Lockheed Martin will fund aerospace research while increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The gift deepens a strategic partnership established in 2010 and renewed last year between the University of Maryland and the Bethesda-based global security and aerospace firm. Lockheed Martin’s association with UMD dates back to 1944, when co-founder Glenn L. Martin funded four buildings, including the wind tunnel and classroom building that bear his name.

“Lockheed Martin has played a significant role in the storied history of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and we are proud to continue our relationship as the recipient of Lockheed Martin’s largest gift of the year to any institution,” said Darryll J. Pines, Clark School dean and Farvardin Professor. “This generous gift will empower Clark School students and faculty to remain at the forefront of innovation in aerospace technology, and to advance our commitment to a diverse and inclusive engineering community.”

The new grant will fund vertical takeoff and landing research conducted at the university’s rotorcraft lab in the E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory, scheduled to open in 2021, and high-speed flight experiments up to Mach 8, or 6,000 mph, at the school’s new hypersonic wind tunnel. It will also underwrite programs overseen by the Clark School’s Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering and Women in Engineering Program that aim to boost the enrollment of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines.

“Lockheed Martin has partnered with the University of Maryland for more than seven decades, and we are proud to continue that successful relationship with this grant supporting aerospace innovation,” said Keoki Jackson, chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin. “We expect to hire 50,000 STEM professionals over the next decade, and together we will inspire the next generation of engineers to join us in creating breathtaking generation-after-next technology.”

Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin also awarded scholarships to nine UMD students pursuing majors in engineering or computer science as part of its new STEM Scholarship Program. Each of the students will receive up to $40,000 in funding, or $10,000 per school year, from Lockheed Martin and are eligible for paid internships with the company.

Today, Lockheed Martin employs over 600 UMD graduates holding nearly 700 degrees, and it has a formal collaboration agreement in place with the school to research, develop and design advanced technology systems, products, and services.

UMD-Led Astronomy Team Finds Golden Glow From a Distant Stellar Collision

August 28, 2019
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – On August 17, 2017, scientists made history with the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars. It was the first cosmic event detected in both gravitational waves and the entire spectrum of light, from gamma rays to radio emissions.

The impact also created a kilonova—a turbocharged explosion that instantly forged several hundred planets’ worth of gold and platinum. The observations provided the first compelling evidence that kilonovae produce large quantities of heavy metals, a finding long predicted by theory. Astronomers suspect that all of the gold and platinum on Earth formed as a result of ancient kilonovae created during neutron star collisions.

Based on data from the 2017 event, first spotted by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), astronomers began to adjust their assumptions of how a kilonova should appear to Earth-bound observers. A team led by Eleonora Troja, an associate research scientist in the University of Maryland’s Department of Astronomy, re-examined data from a gamma-ray burst spotted in August 2016 and found new evidence for a kilonova that went unnoticed during the initial observations.

NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory began tracking the 2016 event, named GRB160821B, minutes after it was detected. The early catch enabled the research team to gather new insights that were missing from the kilonova observations of the LIGO event, which did not begin until nearly 12 hours after the initial collision. Troja and her colleagues reported these new findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on August 27, 2019. 

“The 2016 event was very exciting at first. It was nearby and visible with every major telescope, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. But it didn’t match our predictions—we expected to see the infrared emission become brighter and brighter over several weeks,” said Troja, who also has an appointment at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “Ten days after the event, barely any signal remained. We were all so disappointed. Then, a year later, the LIGO event happened. We looked at our old data with new eyes and realized we had indeed caught a kilonova in 2016. It was a nearly perfect match. The infrared data for both events have similar luminosities and exactly the same time scale.”

The similarities between the two events suggest that the 2016 kilonova also resulted from the merger of two neutron stars. Kilonovae may also result from the merger of a black hole and neutron star, but it is unknown whether such an event would yield a different signature in X-ray, infrared, radio and optical light observations.

According to Troja, the information collected from the 2016 event does not contain as much detail as the observations of the LIGO event. But the coverage of those first few hours—missing from the record of the LIGO event—revealed important new insights into the early stages of a kilonova. For example, the team got their first look at the new object that remained after the collision, which was not visible in the LIGO event data.

“The remnant could be a highly magnetized, hypermassive neutron star known as a magnetar, which survived the collision and then collapsed into a black hole,” said Geoffrey Ryan, a Joint Space-Science Institute (JSI) Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in the UMD Department of Astronomy and a co-author of the research paper. “This is interesting, because theory suggests that a magnetar should slow or even stop the production of heavy metals, which is the ultimate source of a kilonova’s infrared light signature. Our analysis suggests that heavy metals are somehow able to escape the quenching influence of the remnant object.”

Troja and her colleagues plan to apply the lessons they learned to re-evaluate past events, while also improving their approach to future observations. A number of candidate events have been identified with optical light observations, but Troja is more interested in events with a strong infrared light signature—the telltale indicator of heavy metal production.

“The very bright infrared signal from this event arguably makes it the clearest kilonova we have observed in the distant universe,” Troja said. “I’m very much interested in how kilonova properties change with different progenitors and final remnants. As we observe more of these events, we may learn that there are many different types of kilonovae all in the same family, as is the case with the many different types of supernovae. It’s so exciting to be shaping our knowledge in real time.”

In addition to Troja and Ryan, UMD-affiliated co-authors of the research paper include Astronomy Professor Sylvain Veilleux and Adjunct Associate Professor Bradley Cenko.

The research paper, “The afterglow and kilonova of the short GRB 160821B,” Eleonora Troja, Alberto Castro-Tirado, Josefa Becerra González, Youdong Hu, Geoffrey Ryan, S. Bradley Cenko, Roberto Ricci, Giovanni Novara, Ruben Sánchez-Rámirez, Jose Acosta-Pulido, Kendall Ackley, Maria Caballero García,Stephen Eikenberry, Sergiy Guziy, Seob Jeong, Amy Lien, Isabel Márquez, Sashi Pandey, Ii Park, Takanori Sakamoto, Juan Tello, Igor Sokolov, Vladimir Sokolov, Andrea Tiengo, Azamat Valeev, Bin Bin Zhang, Sylvain Veilleux, was published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on August 27, 2019.

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (Award No. AST-1005313); the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities (Award No. SEV-2017-0709); the Italian Space Agency (Award Nos. 2015-046-R.0 and 2017-14-H.0); the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union (Award No. 654215); and the China Scholarships Council (Award No. 201406660015).

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University of Maryland Listed Among the Nation’s Best Colleges for Student Voting

August 27, 2019
Contacts: 

 Hafsa Siddiqi, 301-405-4671

COLLEGE PARK, MD — For a second consecutive year, the University of Maryland has been listed among 80 universities in the nation that inspire students to tap into their civic responsibility and become active citizens of their communities and country through voting. 

The University joins a slew of private and public universities in the honor of creating and maintaining life-long civic engagement, as illustrated by the findings from Washington Monthly magazine. The nonprofit publication collected exhaustive data via multiple variables including; 

  • Participation in Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), which helps colleges understand their campus’ student voting record by calculating and tracking student registration numbers and turnout rates

  • Participation in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, which helps colleges utilize NSLVE data to craft strategic plans to bolster civic engagement

  • Public release of NSLVE data as an ALL IN school

  • Public release of an ALL IN action plan 

In addition to reauthorizing its NSLVE status through 2023 and being an ALL IN school with a public action plan since 2014, UMD is a participant in the Big Ten Voting Challenge, which aims to register even more students to engage in national service. 

The full Washington Monthly list of America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting can be found here.

 

University of Maryland Launches Quantum Technology Center

August 22, 2019

College Park, Md. – The University of Maryland announced today the launch of the Quantum Technology Center (QTC), which aims to translate quantum physics research into innovative technologies. 

The center will capitalize on the university’s strong research programs and partnerships in quantum science and systems engineering, and pursue collaborations with industry and government labs to help take promising quantum advances from the lab to the marketplace. QTC will also train students in the development and application of quantum technologies to produce a workforce educated in quantum-related engineering. 

The new center is a collaboration between UMD’s Department of Physics in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) and UMD’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. 

"The Quantum Technology Center will add to the University of Maryland’s world-renowned leadership in the quantum fields, including physics, engineering, computer science, and materials research," said Laurie Locascio, vice president for research at UMD. "This new center will build on these strengths to develop future quantum technology and new applications, and to train students and researchers in quantum technology."

The announcement comes at a pivotal time when quantum science research is expanding beyond physics into materials science, engineering, computer science, chemistry, and biology. Scientists across these disciplines are looking for ways to exploit quantum physics to build powerful computers, develop secure communication networks, and improve sensing and imaging capabilities. In the future, quantum technology could also impact fields such as artificial intelligence, energy, and medicine. 

The director of QTC will be Ronald Walsworth, who recently joined UMD after serving on the faculty at Harvard University and as a senior physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. 

“We are thrilled that Dr. Ronald Walsworth has chosen the University of Maryland and our commitment to accelerating quantum research and discovery,” said Darryll J. Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and Farvardin Professor. “As a signature senior hire for Maryland and as the inaugural director of the Quantum Technology Center, Dr. Walsworth brings a critical expertise in quantum sensing, measurement, and instrumentation to College Park.”

Walsworth is an expert in utilizing quantum physics to develop advanced measurement tools for medicine, planetary science, and fundamental physics. He holds several patents on a quantum sensing technology that uses an optically active defect in diamond to probe tiny changes in electromagnetic fields and temperature. 

Walsworth’s lab spun off two startups that apply quantum sensing technology to biomedical diagnostics, and he has served as a scientific advisor for several technology companies including Quantum Diamond Technologies Inc., Butterfly Network, Quantum-Si, and Hyperfine Research.

He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and received its 2005 Francis M. Pipkin Award for his work in developing and applying precision measurement tools. Walsworth received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Duke University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1991.

“I am excited to join the strong quantum community at the University of Maryland and work together to make QTC a world leader in quantum technology development, translation, and education,” said Walsworth, who joined UMD for Fall 2019 as the Minta Martin Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics.

QTC will initially draw members from the Departments of Physics, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. New faculty members have also been hired, including Physics Assistant Professors Alicia Kollár and Norbert Linke and Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Cheng Gong.

“We are proud to work with our colleagues in engineering to jointly establish the Quantum Technology Center,” said Amitabh Varshney, dean of CMNS. “QTC will enable the rapid development of quantum technologies through high-impact research that spans sensors, secure communication, and advanced computation.”

QTC will have laboratory space in the Physical Sciences Complex, the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, and the Clark School’s new E.A. Fernandez IDEA (Innovate, Design and Engineer for America) Factory, which is dedicated to creative innovation and entrepreneurship by students and faculty and is expected to open in 2021. The center will be administered through UMD’s Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics.

The new center will add to the university’s world-renowned leadership in the quantum fields, which includes being ranked No. 6 in quantum and atomic physics by U.S. News & World Report. UMD is also home to two quantum research partnerships with the National Institute of Standards and Technology—the Joint Quantum Institute and the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science—as well as a research collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory.

In addition, UMD quantum faculty members are also entrepreneurs. The quantum computing startup IonQ, which aims to bring general-purpose quantum computers to market, was co-founded by UMD Distinguished University Professor Christopher Monroe.

UMD to Open New Space for Discovery and Collaboration in Crystal City in 2020

August 21, 2019
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4621, lawsonk@umd.edu

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland will open a new 8,000-square-foot space in Crystal City, Virginia. The “Discovery Center” will aim to foster innovation and collaboration among UMD students and faculty, Crystal City residents and employees, and alumni in the area. 

With the flagship university’s main campus only 11 miles from Amazon’s new HQ2 in Crystal City, UMD brings unique opportunities and expertise to Northern Virginia, including access to world-renowned tech faculty and the largest number of computer science students in the country, all poised to collaborate with expertise from local firms.

“Amazon HQ2 is a regional phenomenon, and we are just a metro ride away,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “This new space will help connect our flagship researchers and students with this emerging technology hub, fostering innovation in our growing Cyber Valley.”

Beginning in fall 2020, UMD’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, A. James Clark School of Engineering, College of Information Studies, and Robert H. Smith School of Business plan to host symposia, lectures and learning events in the new center covering a wide range of topics, such as cybersecurity, machine learning, supply chain management, engineering and human-computer interaction. The programming will combine the strengths of UMD’s top nationally ranked computer science program with expertise from the Clark School, iSchool and Smith School. 

The Discovery Center will provide collaboration and dialogue spaces where academics, local businesses and community residents can interact and exchange ideas, as well as seminar rooms, a strategic planning and creative problem-solving center, spaces for students to work with industry partners, and career development interview rooms to facilitate student internships and employment opportunities. The center will also function as an event space for researchers, industry leaders and alumni to meet, network and discuss industry trends.  

The Discovery Center builds on the university’s presence across the DMV, such as the satellite campus for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., and the presence of 16 UMD degree programs at the Universities at Shady Grove in Montgomery County, Md. 

 

UMD Partners with Three Universities, Professional Association to Combat Sexual Harassment in Political Science

August 21, 2019
Contacts: 

Sara Gavin  301-405-1733

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A new collaborative, multi-university project that aims to address sexual harassment in the field of political science has received a three-year ADVANCE Partnership Award totaling more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation. 

Associate Professor Stella Rouse from the UMD Department of Government and Politics will work with colleagues from Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the effort entitled, “#MeTooPoliSci: Leveraging a Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science.”

The project will focus on developing and applying methods and interventions that academic departments of political science across the country can utilize to improve workplace climates and reduce incidents of harassment. Through department climate studies, bystander training, facilitated department dialogues and policy discussions, the research team will examine how issues of harassment affect women with intersecting identities such as sexual identity, race and ethnicity.

The researchers are partnering with the American Political Science Association (APSA) to ensure their work has the potential to impact the nation’s 125 Ph.D.-granting departments and more than 1,100 B.A./M.A.-granting departments in political science. According to APSA, women account for less than 29% of political science faculty (2010), and 70% of female graduate students in the field in 2017 reported sexual harassment on campus. 

"Sexual harassment is prevalent in academia and the field of political science is no exception," said Rouse. “The issue is an obstacle to the ability of women in the discipline to experience a productive and intellectually stimulating learning and working environment. We expect to improve the climate in institutions of higher learning and bring attention to issues of parity and inclusion.” 

One of the major goals of #MeTooPoliSci is to develop an evidence-based “Climate Toolkit” that will empower both departments and individuals to engage in best practices and to track progress over time. Rouse specifically will focus on a portion of the strategy related to upstanding bystander training, which encourages people who witness forms of bias or harassment to speak up.  

The researchers hope their approach will not only influence the field of political science, but will be shared across other disciplines and professional organizations.

University of Maryland Named a 2019 Best Value College

August 16, 2019
Contacts: 

Jennifer Burroughs, jenburr@umd.edu, 301-401-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland has been deemed a best value college in Kiplinger’s 2019 Best College Value ranking and Money’s 2019 Best College for Your Money ranking. 

Money, a leading source for personal finance news and advice, has Maryland listed as the No. 1 value for public colleges in the state of Maryland, top 30 (No. 28) for public colleges nationwide and top 50 (No. 43) overall among 744 schools in the nation. Kiplinger lists UMD as the No. 10 value for in-state students and top 20 (No. 16) value for out-of-state students seeking an education at a public university. Maryland is ranked 101 overall.

In both rankings, universities are recognized for the quality of education in relation to college affordability for the average student. Both Kiplinger and Money assess a variety of factors to determine value such as overall cost, average debt upon graduation, financial aid opportunities and early career earnings among others. 

Click to view the University of Maryland profiles by Kiplinger and Money.

UMD Researchers Are Awarded $1.5M Grant to Understand Social Media Information Campaigns

August 5, 2019
Contacts: 

Mia K. Hinckle 301-405-1260, Ted Knight 410-703-4685

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A cross-cutting team of University of Maryland researchers has been awarded $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to study the spread of information campaigns by examining how emotion affects whether someone will re-share content online.

The UMD research team will collect real-world Facebook and YouTube data in multiple languages to examine the emotional content and viral reach of the posts, as well as the emotional reactions of those annotating the posts.  The funding is one of 12 awards this year from DOD’s Minerva Research Initiative, which supports university-based, unclassified social science research aimed at improving basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S. Among the 12 new Minerva projects, UMD’s is one of only three led by women.

Based out of UMD’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, the team will collect and annotate a sample of 1,000 public Facebook posts and 300 YouTube videos from both Poland and Lithuania that were shared by social and political influencers from those countries. Both countries have often been targeted by Russian information warfare and have strategic relevance to NATO and Europe. Once complete, these annotations will be used to explore the relationship between emotion and the sharing of narratives.

“Whether using outright disinformation or manipulating public opinion with accurate stories, information warfare involves stories shared on social media platforms with specific embedded narratives designed to provoke, enrage, excite and change behavior,” said Susannah Paletz, Principal Investigator of the project, Research Professor in the UMD College of Information Studies and ARLIS Affiliate.

A social psychologist, Paletz has been studying social media for five years for the Office of Naval Research and, in a project last summer, developed an innovative coding scheme to annotate emotions that inspired this new effort.

Reflecting the current, nuanced approach to the psychology of emotions, these annotations extend beyond the so-called six basic emotions – anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise.  Paletz and her colleagues’ annotation scheme includes longer-lasting emotions critical for everyday life and online interaction, including humor, wonder, nostalgia, relief, love and hate. This scheme includes over 20 distinct emotions particularly relevant to the challenge at hand, and the team continues to refine the list.

“We also included something called kama muta, which is an emotion of feeling heart warmed when you see something infantile – in other words, the ‘awww!’ feeling you get when you see something cute. Given that this annotation scheme was for social media, we felt that emotion would be important to collect,” Paletz said.

For their Minerva project, Paletz and her team will work with native speakers at universities in Poland and Lithuania to complete the annotation. Small groups of annotators will first independently use the annotation scheme to judge each of the collected social media posts for each emotion, rating them 0 to 100, for both the content of the social media post and for their own reaction. Then, they will come together to make consensus agreements on the content ratings of the posts where they disagreed.

The results are expected to show how eliciting specific emotions (e.g., anger, contempt, humor) can help a narrative – truthful or not – go viral. The researchers will investigate whether messages evoking emotions that encourage action are more likely to be re-shared. If disinformation provokes the right emotions, people will be more likely to spread it regardless of its accuracy or truth.

Drawn from several different disciplines, Paletz’s research team includes co-PI Anton Rytting, a UMD computational linguist in the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS); Cody Buntain, a UMD computer scientist (who will soon join the faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology); Devin Ellis, a UMD policy expert, in the National Center for the Study of Terrorism & Response to to Terrorism (START); Ewa Golonka, a UMD Russian linguist and social scientist with ARLIS ; and UMD’s Egle Murauskaite, a START expert on unconventional security threats. 

“These kinds of difficult issues – adversarial disinformation campaigns, hacking, Russian interference – can’t really be solved without us working collaboratively across disciplines,” Paletz said. “Psychologists, computer scientists and information scientists have all been examining online communities for decades and social media for years – but within the confines of their own disciplines. It's been rare for them to work together, as we are, to really integrate methods and theories.”  

The project will also address critical gaps in research about how information travels through populations and across national boundaries and languages. The researchers will develop methods for detecting and tracking how narratives and other memes spread within and across languages. Buntain also expressed an interest in the individuals behind disinformation campaigns.

“I think one thing people get wrong about these kinds of efforts is the characterization that agents responsible for disinformation are highly coordinated, skilled men in dark suits who are pulling strings behind the curtain,” Buntain said. “Instead, I think reality is something closer to a bunch of young people who are getting paid to post online and support a few high-level messages, but are otherwise given a lot of latitude in how they do it. Rather than being experts at propaganda or disinformation, I think many of these individuals are using marketing tools exactly as they were meant to be used, but with an unanticipated intent – are the tools Coca-Cola or Exxon-Mobil uses to market its product all that different? – and these people find what works to get engagement, followers and clicks.”

The research team has already begun identifying Polish and Lithuanian politicians and social influencers. This summer and into the fall, they will collect social media data. Over the next academic year, research assistants in Poland and Lithuania who will be supervised by Golonka and Murauskaite, respectively, will begin conducting the emotion annotation. The team will also examine different types of narratives and will conduct multilevel statistical analyses to understand which emotions and narratives predict social media sharing. The three-year project is expected to conclude in the summer of 2022.

About ARLIS

 

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), based at the University of Maryland College Park, was established in 2018 under the auspices of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)) and the US Air Force Office of Concepts, Development, and Management, intended as a long-term strategic asset for research and development in artificial intelligence, information engineering, and human systems. One of only 14 designated Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) in the nation, ARLIS conducts both classified and unclassified research spanning from basic to applied system development and works to serve the US Government as an independent and objective trusted agent.

 

University of Maryland-Phillips Collection Book Prize Goes to 'Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery'

July 31, 2019
Contacts: 

Alana Carchedi Coyle 301.405.0235, Hayley Barton 202.387.2151 x235 

 

COLLEGE PARK, MD and WASHINGTON, DC – The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection has awarded its latest University of Maryland-Phillips Collection Book Prize to the manuscript "Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery". Written by Caitlin Beach, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Fordham University, the manuscript addresses sculpture’s relationship to slavery and abolition in transatlantic contexts.

The University of Maryland-Phillips Collection Book Prize supports publication of a first book by an emerging scholar presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present. The winning books are published by the University of California Press, in collaboration with the University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection. The winning author also receives a $5,000 cash prize. This is the ninth book prize awarded by The Phillips Collection since 2008, and the second prize jointly awarded with the University of Maryland. 

“I feel honored that the selection committee has recognized my work for this award. It's inspiring to have the chance to be a part of conversations about race and modern culture already ongoing with the University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection book series and I look forward to the new directions in which this will push my thinking and writing,” said Beach.

According to Beach, Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery examines the place of sculpture in a transatlantic world contoured by the wide-reaching economy of American slavery and the international campaigns mounted to end it. Focusing on the production, circulation, and exhibition of a range of busts and statues by artists including Hiram Powers, John Bell, Edmonia Lewis, and Francesco Pezzicar, the manuscript shows how the medium stood as a highly visible but deeply unstable site from which to interrogate the politics of slavery across geographies including New Orleans, London, Freetown, Boston, Florence, and Philadelphia.

“It is wonderful that the University of Maryland-Phillips Collection Book Prize discusses such a powerful aspect of the history of slavery and abolition," said Klaus Ottmann, Ph.D., Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, The Phillips Collection. “Caitlin Beach’s book Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery will insert the arts in a way we have never seen these topics explored.”

“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Beach’s profound work with the book prize award,” said Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Maryland. “Publishing Dr. Beach’s innovative manuscript on sculpture’s relationship to slavery and abolition is a perfect example of the mission of our partnership with The Phillips Collection–advancing scholarship and innovation in the arts.”

Beach’s research and teaching at Fordham University focus on American and European art of the long nineteenth century. She received her Ph.D., M.Phil and M.A. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 59 members of the national academies. The institution has a $1.9 billion operating budget and secures $514 million annually in external research funding. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu.

ABOUT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of Modern art, presents one of the world’s most distinguished Impressionist and American Modern art collections. Including paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mark Rothko, Alma Thomas, Pierre Bonnard, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent van Gogh, Richard Diebenkorn, Henri Matisse, and Jacob Lawrence, among others, the museum continues to actively collect new acquisitions, many by contemporary artists such as Wolfgang Laib, Per Kirkeby, Whitfield Lovell, Zilia Sánchez, and Simone Leigh, and. Its distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with the former home of its founder, Duncan Phillips. The Phillips’s impact spreads nationally and internationally through its highly distinguished special exhibitions, programs, and events that catalyze dialogue surrounding the continuity between art of the past and the present. Among the Phillips’s esteemed programs are its award-winning education programs for educators, students, and adults; well-established Phillips Music series; and sell-out Phillips after 5 events. The museum contributes to the art conversation on a global scale with events like Conversations with Artists and the International Forum. The Phillips Collection values its community partnerships with the University of Maryland—the museum’s nexus for academic work, scholarly exchange, and interdisciplinary collaborations—and THEARC—the museum’s new campus serving the Southeast DC community. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations. 

 

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